Trump also followed up on McConnell’s wife, former Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, for resigning from her cabinet post following the January 6 uprising.
A spokesman for McConnell, the Kentucky Republican who was re-elected to a seventh six-year term last year, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The latest verbal broadside against McConnell, the most powerful Republican still in office, comes as Trump reappears as the dominant force in GOP politics. The former president has been trying to overhaul his small dollar donation machine in the past few days, and he’s issuing a steady stream of notices for the 2022 midterm election, in addition to battles for state leaders.
Although many of Trump’s 2022 endorsements align with McConnell’s preferences, including supporting a number of incumbent GOP senators for re-election, he has occasionally come into conflict with the Senate chairman. Trump has pledged to face GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski in next year’s Alaska election after Murkowski voted for his conviction in the Senate trial, despite McConnell and his top allies saying they will support Murkowski’s re-election.
It’s not the first time Trump has persecuted McConnell after leaving office. In February, Trump released a detailed statement beating McConnell as a “grumpy, grumpy, and unsmiling political hack”. The statement came just days after McConnell went to the Senate to kidnap Trump for his role in the January 6th Capitol uprising.
Several participants said there was little response to Trump’s insult.
Much of Trump’s speech on Saturday night was aimed at relitigating the election results on which the former president has remained fixated. He once said he continued to disappoint Pence because he had done nothing more to stop the election certificate he called “rigged”.
Trump’s ongoing criticism of Pence has created a rift in their relationship. While several other potential Republican hopefuls for that event moved to South Florida in 2024, Pence didn’t.
The former president also devastated Fauci, saying he gave him bad advice. He made fun of Fauci for botching a first place in the opening game of the Washington Nationals last year.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who spoke before Trump, also went to Fauci, sources said.
The three-day event attracted a number of potential GOP candidates for 2024, including DeSantis, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). Also in attendance were several medium-term candidates for 2022, including Jane Timken and Bernie Moreno, both of whom are aiming for Senate seats in Ohio.
The confab took place primarily at the Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach, although attendees made the short trip north on the A1A to Mar-a-Lago for dinner on Saturday night.